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Mar 11, 2011 2:05am PST
major earthquake hit japan friday afternoon. this happened about an hour and 15, 20 minutes ago. japan's meteorological agency says the earthquake measured 8.4. the agency issued a tsunami warning for japan's pacific cost. in northern japan tsunami waves of up to 4 meters were observed soon after the quake. the agency is warning the tsunami could be between 6 and 10 meters. you're seeing some of the tsunami damage so far in miyagi prefecture in the sendai area where some of the homes and farms have been flooded when the tsunami went upstream a river. according to the transport ministry, the international airport has reopened two of its four runways. international airport has reopened two of its four runways. they had earlier closed all. they have reopened two of its four runways. the japan road traffic information center, japan road information center, and police say express ways around tokyo and northeastern japan have been closed. the japan road traffic information center and police say expressways around tokyo and northeastern japan have been closed. according to toshiba elev
ABC
Mar 11, 2011 4:00am PST
sweeps across japan after a massive earthquake. one of the largest in years. >> tsunami watches triggered across the pacific, including hawaii and the west coast. we have extended coverage, now, from japan and the u.s. >>> good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us on this very busy news day. a major disaster is unfolding in japan, after a megaearthquake hit overnight. >> now, the quake has triggered a tsunami in the northern part of the country. a 13-foot wall of water, washing away cars, busses, buildings, homes. incredible footage. >> tsunami warnings are postc, in of the pacific, including hawaii, where the coast guard is standing by. a powerful quake was centered around the area of sendai. but it rocked buildings in tokyo, hundreds of miles away. akiko fujita joins us from tokyo this morning. akiko, what is the latest? >> reporter: we are getting new numbers. we now know there are 18 people confirmed dead. that's from our partner out here, nhk. 18 people confirmed dead. and 60 people injured in tokyo alone. keep in mind that tokyo is hours away from the epicenter. 60 people inj
ABC
Mar 10, 2011 11:00pm PST
. >> breaking news. major earthquake rocks japanment pictures are staggering. >> up next. powerful jolt that triggered a tsunami warning as >> up next. powerful jolt that triggered a tsunami warning as fafafafafafafafafafafafafafafafa >> a major earthquake has hit japan followed by a tsunami. >> this is what is happening right as we speak. a large tsunami engulfing the port of. >> 8.8 earthquake struck off japan northeast coast a little more than an hour ago. >> we show you more of the images. they are staggering. as you can see here the tsunami swept ashore. the wave measured at least 13 feet high and it carried boat and cars several block inland toward the city center. >> no word yet on any death or injuries but seems almost inconceivable there will not be as they assess the damage. jap pan officials have issued evacuation orders for the coastal area. >> tsunami watch issued for several nations concluding taiwan, russia, philippines and in the indonesian. it covers hawaii and the u.s. territory of guam. >> now large ship has rammed directly into a break water. quake rocked the tv
ABC
Mar 11, 2011 12:00am PST
continue to sway for half hour after the earthquake. there will be mr. swaying in japan in the next few hours, days, weeks months after as after shock continue in the next few days and weeks frequent and quite powerful. already been some 7. 3, 7. 4 in that magnitude. >> we know the nuclear power plant in japan did shut down for a time for safety check and the japanese government is report that go there was no problems with any of those plants. no radiation leaks. no troubles there with japan nuclear power system. >> tokyo japan famous bullet train was shut down. train service shut town as we do with bart here routinely to check track and everything else but the train service was shut dow down. people got out of the train walked to the platforms. as they checked out the rail service. we have not heard whether or not the train service has resumed but we have not heard of any damage on the track either at this moment. you are looking at again pictures as the tsunami has roared through different parts. let's listen in live right now if we can. this is until. >> prime minister said. >> p
ABC
Mar 13, 2011 6:00pm PDT
. >> alan: now on to japan where the nation is facing humanitarian and nuclear emergencies. the estimated death toll climbed to 10,000. more video was made available today on the tsunami. >> alan: the newsroom with more. >> reporter: japan's prime minister said this is their worst crisis since world war ii. they have dedoubled the numbers of soldiers deployed to help out to 8,000. >> i don't know what's what's -- what's going on. >> crews are dumping seawater into two reactors in a last-ditch effort to avoid a meltdown. officials warped of -- warned of a second exploasmghts health department is having screenings. 22 people tested positive for radiation exposure. those exposed are asked to shower and place the clothes and shoes in plastic bag. the authorities say the exposure levels pose no long-term risk to health. one survivor said he was in water. >> i felt i was dying. i was pushed into the water. but my thoughts of my family, i decided to make every effort to survive. >> reporter: nearly all the houses and buildings in the area were swept away by the waves. in this town, loc
ABC
Mar 15, 2011 4:00am PDT
>>> this morning, japan's nuclear crisis grows. radiation, leaking faster than first thought from this crippled plant. >>> children and the elderly checked for exposure. millions still without enough food and heat. and the teetering economy requires another cash infusion today. >>> all of it, japan's biggest test since world war ii. >>> good morning. i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm rob nelson. japan's nuclear crisis is growing even worse this morning. here's the latest from overnight. >> at the crippled fukushima nuclear plant, radiation is leaking from one of the reactors. thousands of nearby residents have been warned to stay inside. this morning, measurements show the radiation level at 400-times the safe yearly dose. >> and here, officials are keeping a close eye on this crisis. two navy pumping trucks are said to be on their way to that plant. >> and for thousands of japanese survivors, the situation is growing more desperate. they've now spent a fourth night with no food, water or shelter. >>> thousands, of course, are also worried about whether the government is being truthful
ABC
Mar 18, 2011 4:30am PDT
radiation from the failing reactor in japan may reach the california coast today, but u.c. berkeley engineers say it's already here. should you be worried? >> the live look at the embarcadero, we have light showers, tracking heavier showers and thunder around the bay area. i'll show you where. >> good morning, roads are wet and we have road work on the dumbarton and bay bridge. details coming up. >> good friday morning. it is 4:30. we do have some rain in the area as mike told you. i saw a guy jogging when i came to work. >> that is dedication. >> let's check in with mike. >> it is pretty active with healthy cells in marin county where we have yellows showing up around vallejo and downed 680 and 780 as you move into the western section all was the do i town half moon bay. let's take a look at the north bay. this is where a little lightning strike around fort ross earlier and now over to healdsburg, increase in rain there. as we look at the bay, couple of storms to the left. those will arrive in about 45 minutes. south bay is rather quiet. you'll get your rain, as a matter of time. i
ABC
Mar 16, 2011 2:05am PDT
gilbert gottfried. we told you about this. he made jokes about the disaster in japan. tasteless jokes. >> unbelievable news and disturbing news about a member of the charlie's angels cast. charlie sheen couldn't stay out of "the skinny" long. Ñ Ñ Ñ Ñ ÑÑ ♪ skinny so skinny >>> well, this was a big talker on facebook with our facebook fans yesterday. this gilbert gottfried comments, he made tasteless jokes about the tsunami in japan. some kind of joke he tweeted about, you know, a just broke up with my girlfriend but as the japanese say, another one will float by. really tasteless -- >> in japan, the beach comes to you, you don't go to the beach. >> he was the voice of aflac duck and they stepped in and said, not funny and canned him. he apologized saying, i sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy in japan. i meant no disrespect and my thoughts are with victims and their families. on top of that, some folks have rushed to his side saying, wait a minute, this isn't right, including joan rivers and howard stern. howard says
ABC
Mar 11, 2011 11:00pm PST
>>> the rush to get home. people in the bay area heading to japan to check on family and friends. >> and grave new concerns about one of japan's many nuclear plants is a full >> death toll from japan's zeg 8.9 earthquake is growing by the hour. official numbers show 413 people are dead 800 others are missing and 1100 have been injured in the most powerful earthquake in recorded history for japan. >> and the nuclear safety commission says a meltdown is possible at a damaged nuclear power plant. >> travelers trying to get to japan waited today to catch a flight out of san francisco international. >> and the tsunami from the quake damaged boats and docks in sanity creates with remarkable force. in japan the prime minister is sending in 50,000 troops to help with rescue efforts. >> it's been 25 hours since the powerful quake rocked japan and released the tsunami that swallowed parts of the country. >> it's already saturday in japan and the sun rose in the morning it revealed the devastating impact. countless cities decimated by fire and flooding. it splintered buildings setting tons
ABC
Mar 11, 2011 11:35pm PST
japan. with stunning images still emerging. an international disaster. more than 1,000 feared dead, and thousands more still missing. tsunami. >>> a nuclear reactor, may be melting. and radiation catastrophe looms. and disaster in the pacific. a tsunami carrying away whole neighborhoods still burning. entire towns under water. a special west coast edition of "nightline," starts right now. >>> good evening. to all here in the west i'm bill weir. and perhaps, some of you in coastal communities spent the day like we did, here at the santa monica pier, waiting for a tsunami. but the size of the waves that came, is a tiny reflection of what's still unfolding in japan. where tonight, nuclear officials are warning of a possible nuclear reactor meltdown. they've been watching three facilities near the epicenter all day. at one of them fuel rods are exposed. if they stay that way, they could release radioactivity and a disaster of monster proportions. the disaster in northern japan is just beginning. and an aerial of what was a town of 71,000 people completely under water. no structure stil
ABC
Mar 13, 2011 11:00pm PDT
. >>> now to japan where a second explosioning roughed the -- rocked the nuclear plant about four hours ago. the hydrogen blast sent up a massive column of smoke in the air. japanese officials say radiation levels are still within legal limits. more than 180,000 people have been evacuated from that area in the past three days. abc's diana alvear is in japan. >> within seconds the scene changed dramatically. feciales reported another explosion at the nuclear facility. >> either over the next 24-48 hours they will get control of the reactors or they will get a meltdown at one or more of the reactors. >> minutes earlier, warnings of a possible second tsunami, a false alarm, but no less frightening. the impact of the explosion was not immediately clear, but the message of the survivors from the initial disaster was, sos, help. however, the mission to deliver that help has not been easy. one dramatic rescue was successful. elderly passengers pulled from their car where they have been trapped for 20 hours with no food or water. but for too many it is too late. hundreds of bodies washed ashore
ABC
Mar 17, 2011 11:00pm PDT
down a damaged nuclear reactor in japan. it is a desperate effort to prevent spent fuel rods from over heating. smoke billowing from the reactor but the cause is unclear. good evening everyone. crews are also close to reconnecting electricity at 2 of those reactor which could help with the cooling. >> japan now agreed to accept technical help from the u.s. and the head of the international atomic energy agency just arrived. latest picture rae veal how far gone the reactor really are. explosion and blazing heat have reduced the unit to rav sanjay gupta skeleton. emergency worker continue desperate effort to drown the over heated core with sea water from the air and from the ground using water cannon made to subdue rioters. flight operators put in a new power line to restore electricity and get water pump working again. if that fails the pentagon has shipped in american pumps. workers have to operate them continuing to defy death. in reactor 4 the water in the fuel rod pool is critically low if any left. without water the rod ignite and send smoke into the atmosphere. reactor 3 a 5
ABC
Mar 15, 2011 11:35pm PDT
radioactive rods after a series of explosions. there is confusion and fear in japan tonight. >>> america joins the rescue. we're headed out to the "uss ronald reagan," now running search and rescue flights off the japanese coast, despite the risk of drifting radiation. we're getting an exclusive look into the it effort. >>> and domestic concerns. retailers set out of iodide tab lets as americans stock up, fearful of what's happening in japan could happen here. with u.s. nuclear reactors built atop fault lines, how big is the risk? >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran and cynthia mcfadden in new york city and bill weir in japan, this is "nightline," march 15th, 2011. >> and good evening from the atsugi naval air station. it is wednesday afternoon here in japan. we're waiting to board that flight to the "uss ronald reagan," the massive u.s. aircraft carrier off the coast of tsunami-ravaged japan. more on that in a moment. first, the most pressing news, the fear of nuclear fallout from that ravaged fukushima daiichi power plant, where last night another expl
ABC
Mar 13, 2011 7:00am PDT
first time, and we're learning that the death toll in japan could be exponentially higher than initial estimates. in one state alone, they say there could be more than 10,000 dead. christiane amanpour covers it all from the air and from the ground along with our team of reporters caught in the aftershocks. >>> and compounding the natural disaster, a potential nuclear one. partial meltdowns may already be happening at two reactors in japan, and four more are at serious risk this morning. nearly 200,000 people have been evacuated. there are reports that some people are already sick, and now the government is planning to hand out special tablets to protect people, especially children, from cancer. >>> and just now we're getting word that the prime minister of japan is calling this japan's greatest hardship since world war ii. it's a situation that's changing by the second. as we said, the japanese government now admits that there may be partial meltdown happening at two reactors at one nuclear facility in the quake zone, and they are warning that another explosion similar to yesterday's c
ABC
Mar 11, 2011 11:00am PST
team coverage to the bay area's response to japan. live in santa cruz. >> well, there are several road closures around this area, kristen. also the beach boardwalk and wharf behind me are closed and the damage it mounting. take a look at this dramatic video from sky 7. we have had several tsunami surges come into the yacht harbor. the first before 8:00 this morning and the damage as you can see is pretty significant. at least five boats are sunk. many are slammed into the dock by these tide changes. pieces of pilings are floating in the water and being sucked out to sea. a lot of this damage right now just property damage. fortunately no injuries to report. people have flocked to cal state beach where the tsunami tide activity was especially dramatic. >> it just sucked way out like a superlow tide over the course of about five minutes and it's doing it again right now. this is the third one. could be the big one. >> this is the second time i've seen a tsunami here in santa cruz. when i was 13-year-old i saw the one in 1964 and it did exactly the same thing. the water retreated fir
ABC
Mar 14, 2011 3:05am PDT
. >> reporter: marines from okinawa and dozens more transport helicopters have moved up the coast of japan. at least 100 air force personnel are working to restore electricity to an air base near the most effected areas. and the 150-member search and rescue teams from virginia and california that have been called upon in so many tragedies, will be moving out into the stricken towns. an indication just how desperate the japanese are for aid, in the 1995 earthquake there where 6,000 people died, the japanese refused most foreign aid. this time they are accepting aid from even rivals like china and south korea. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> that is certainly telling. >>> now, at ground level, as you can imagine, it is hard to exactly take in the size and scope of the destruction in japan. abc's christiane amanpour has a different perspective after taking an aerial tour. >> reporter: with search and rescue under way in the earthquake and tsunami zone, we wondered how much of the country is affected by this kind of chaos and destruction. the helicopters taking on fuel and we're going up
ABC
Mar 13, 2011 5:30pm PDT
services inc. >>> tonight on "world news" from japan, extraordinary new images of the tsunami's fury. and as our team reaches the worst-hit areas, the full scope of the humanitarian crisis becomes clearer. more than 10,000 feared dead in one region alone, perhaps far more. and as we discovered, for the survivors, food, gas and electricity all running short. >>> the nuclear emergency here. a sixth reactor is now in trouble. two have suffered partial meltdowns. nearly 200 people may have been exposed to radiation. and this crisis is far from over. >>> to the rescue. the massive effort from the united states. ships, planes, search dogs. and the remarkable stories of survival. the man swept away on his roof, found two days later, far out to sea. >>> and, reunited. amid so much despair here, relief and joy as loved ones, separated by the tsunami are tonight back together again. >>> and good evening from japan tonight. we are coming to you north of tokyo. and just moments ago in this city, we noticed something. all of the power in all of these buildings went out. part of the massive r
ABC
Mar 14, 2011 5:30pm PDT
there is a >>> good evening tonight from the coast of japan where all of us at abc news are bringing you a story we have never seen before. we know the crushing impact of that earthquake and the tsunami that swept away thousands and thousands of lives, but word tonight of an issue at a nuclear site which at the very least could be uncharted territory. there are three reactors at one location in trouble. we know that two had explosions releasing some radiation, and now word that at a third reactor, uranium rods with core heat of 3,400 degrees have been partially or perhaps entirely exposed raising the question of a nuclear power meltdown. the japanese have now called in american nuclear experts and the international atomic energy agency. even as those new images remind us of the violent events on friday, in the north an entire town whose houses rode the rapids today flattened by the water. a minivan, no match for the jet speed waves, and this is what the passengers saw as the brown waters overwhelmed the airport as they waited to board their plane. our team is out across the
ABC
Mar 15, 2011 5:00am PDT
>> also this morning, an explosion releasing dangerous levels of radiation in japan. >> new report being released accuses top officials of the huge public employee pension fund of corruption. they illegally spent $180 million of the pension's money. a little rain and more on the way. we'll tell you about that coming up. >> let's talk about that. i'm kristen sze. hello. it could be a little damp coming and going today. >> yeah, both ways. >> absolutely. we've got moist flow right now. mild temperatures when you step outside. that is leading to showers, live doppler, best around marin county. everybody covered in at least radar returns this morning. so the north bay getting the lighter rain. we're talking about couple hundredths of an inch but enough to make everything wet. we do have radar returns around san ramon, danville, heading to palo alto over towards milpitas. big picture will show all this is coming ashore and more up to the north with a cold front that will be pushed our way. this is just the beginning. here is frances. >> we are starting off with a live shot in the north
ABC
Mar 18, 2011 4:00am PDT
effort to stop moammar gadhafis crackdown. >>> in japan, one week since the quake and tsunami call on the u.s. for more help. the non-stop battle. >>> japan's newest heroes, firefighters volunteering to fight the nuclear monster. >>> good morning. we begin with breaking news in the middle east. the u.s. and allies are preparing for a military strike against the government of moammar gadhafi. >> it comes after a vote from the u.n. security council to protect civilians at all costs. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning to you. for weeks now, the world condemned moammar gadhafi's people. now this puts force behind the words. four decades of moammar gadhafi's rule are challenged with a vote. >> translator: ten votes in favor. zero votes against. >> reporter: the u.n. security council voted a no-fly zone to protect rebels. >> this resolution demands an immediate cease-fire and an end to violence and attacks to civilians. >> reporter: this comes weeks after rebel resis tense. gadhafi said attacks are imminent. he said we are coming. we are for t looking for the tr and should have no m
ABC
Mar 11, 2011 6:00pm PST
water we might be able to save it boat owners hope there aren't anymore earthquakes in japan. >> we just want to it end. >> and you can see the debris about to slam into the boat just barely missing it. but so... there is a tsunami warning has been down graded. i can see the water is starting to get active now. the governor has been declaring a state of emergency in four counties and there are methods of debris. >> delnorte county another place where a state of emergency has been called. coast guard says a man was taking photos of the tsunami near the mouth of the river when he was struck by a powerful wave. and at 4:00 in the morning alarms sounded and some people took shelter in a center set up by the red cross. >> i love my house, and my spot. i love crescent city. i'm afraid of what happens when i come home. >> the tide began rising after 7:30 this morning and crested at more than eight feet. california patrol estimates 35 boats were damaged or sunk by the surge. >> and there is surge that's caused extensive damage in oregon. several jelss sunk in the harbor. a half dozen others
ABC
Mar 14, 2011 5:00am PDT
running. >> thousands of people are evacuated from neighborhoods around a nuclear power plant in japan after an explosion there. engineers are trying to stop nuclear meltdowns from the earthquake in tsunami. >> prompting santa clara county to launch a new notification system for cellphones. >> here's a live look at a foggy bay bridge this morning. we have lingering moisture that's going to create more fog during the morning and -- golden gate bridge, i'm sorry -- live doppler 7 hd to see where the rain is right now and where it's going. >> mike, also a fog advisory, that issued by the chp with bart back on time. >> frances, thank you very much. thank you for joining us on this monday morning. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. all waking up a little foggy this morning. you might be, too. it is 5:10, not 4:01. >> that's kristen sze. let's get to the news this morning. good news there for east bay bart riders. the concord station reopened an hour ago after crews worked through the night to clean up damage from a derailment yesterday. two thompson is live at concord bart. sue? >> good m
ABC
Mar 17, 2011 6:00pm PDT
to reassure us tonight that the west coast does not face a serious threat from japan. this one is in san francisco. and uc berkeley scientists put up one on top of the engineering building. california's director of public health says reports are not true. >> there are winds shift sog some will be blowing west. almost all will get washed out by storms that are there and dissipate. >> dr. backer says there may be a slight increase in radiation over next few day buzz amount will be no greater than what we're exposed to on a daily basis. >> many people continue to have concerns about dangerous radiation reaching our shores. rain freedman has been following this story and not everyone believes what they hear from the government. >> that is true. it's more of mistrust. and there are a lot of people still buying radiation dedoctors on ebay, and are buying pills in stores. and there are people saying they wonder if they're being deal you'ded. >> what do you trust? >> it's a big question. >> a couple soaked up solar radiation. so called traces from japan, once that models have coming our w
ABC
Mar 19, 2011 7:00am PDT
emergency. frightening news from japan this morning. reports that their milk and food supply is now contaminated with radiation. and this morning, the heroic workers at the crippled nuclear plant in japan, are trying to start the cooling pumps to prevent a meltdown. >>> strange twist. police uncover what they say was a murder plot at this upscale yoga clothing store, in a posh washington, d.c., suburb. did this woman, murder her co-worker and then bind and gag herself so that she could claim to be a victim? >>> and hacked. who is hacking into celebrities' e-mail accounts? and leaking embarrassing photos and information? more than 50 female stars have been hit so far. and now, the fbi is on the case. >>> good morning, again. we have two, big stories developing this morning. let's take another look at those pictures out of libya. the rebels say they shot down one of moammar gadhafi's war planes while it was attacking them. is this proof that gadhafi is defying america? also this morning, gadhafi says he's just sent a letter to president obama, saying he is prepared to die in this figh
ABC
Mar 17, 2011 4:00am PDT
i'm peggy bunker. despite little radiation risk in most of japan, this morning, there's a race to leave the country. >> for the first time, the u.s. has authorized the evacuation of family members of american diplomats. charter planes are being used to fly americans away from danger. >> and the u.s. is pressuring japan to step up its efforts to avert a nuclear meltdown. they dropped sea water on the crippled reactors today. a heroic step, since the pilots are risking their lives to complete that mission. >> and the tokyo stock market, dropping once again. >>> it was a night of high-level phone calls over the nuclear crisis, as president obama spoke to the japanese prime minister. >> while the white house offered full support in helping japan recover, the president underscored his concern of the safety of americans. emily schmidt begins our report from washington. >> reporter: with the nuclear plant crippled on the ground, desperate efforts are coming from the air. helicopters dumping sea water into the holes of the roof of damaged reactor number three, hoping to cool it enough to
ABC
Mar 17, 2011 2:05am PDT
developments we're following this morning on the disaster in japan. president obama is allowing family members of u.s. government workers in japan to evacuate. arrangements are being made for charter flights. an earlier white house order told americans in japan to stay at least 50 miles away from the fukushima nuclear plant. japanese military helicopters have been dropping water on that crippled plant today. they're hoping the aerial assault will cool off the reactors and avoid a total meltdown. >>> the japanese stock market opened lower today. taking back yesterday's gains. the yen soared to a new high against the dollar on the currency markets. >>> finally, while the world watches the tragic events in japan, many wonder what we can do here to help. this includes one little massachusetts girl. >> she sprang into action selling her most precious items in hopes that she can help those who need it the most. here's tricia taskey of our affiliate wggb. >> here. >> this is autumn. and it's going to be hard for me to give her away. >> reporter: 7-year-old sage freeman is parting with some of her toy
ABC
Mar 16, 2011 11:00am PDT
japan to get more information. today the u.s. military sent two fire trucks to help battle fires at the fukushima plant. but they haven't been asked to use troops to help. meantime, japan's defense ministry decided against a proposed plan to dump water from helicopters over the badly damaged plants. radiation levels are just too high. you can see in this photo a big hole has opened in the containment vessel around the reactor, and large portions have collapsed. here is more on the plant workers who are putting their own workers putting their own lives in jeopardy to prevent a bigger catastrophe. >> reporter: they are the nameless, brave souls who volunteered or perhaps been asked to be the last line of defense. because they have specific skills and nerves of steel. five workers have already died and two are missing after the latest fire and two dozen are injured. nuclear experts say the skell ton crew are not managers, but probably technicians, men with the schematics of the plant in their head and can fix the clogged vents. they have crawled through the dark mazes, armed with flash lig
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Mar 21, 2011 11:35pm PDT
fallout from japan's atomic catastrophe. do we know how far the radiation is spreading? what you need to know. >>> and the best kiss. this one was good. that one wasn't bad but no two hollywood smooches are alike. what was the greatest of all, the results next. >>> good evening, i'm bill weir. missiles and muzzle fire are lighting up the north african sky tonight as america and her allies continue to destroy the defenses of moammar gadhafi. the mission, according to president obama, was to stop the libyan dictate they are slaughtering more of his own people, but getting rid of gadhafi, not our job. for the moment, that task is still in the hands of a ragged group of rebels, and with more american blood and treasure on the line alexander markardt set out to find out. >> reporter: hundreds of cruise missile attacks against military posts. two slamming into a command and control facility in libyan government compounds. earlier this morning at first light, my team and i traveled from the city of tobruk to the city of benghazi. the heart of this rebellion against this mercurial dictator moamm
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Mar 14, 2011 11:35pm PDT
massive new explosion rocks a crippled reactor plant in japan prompting the greatest fears yet for radiation catastrophe and new wave of evacuations. >>> falloutle risk. how dangerous leaks can be, a plant located on a seismic fault now a smoldering disaster zone. >>> and japan's ground zero. we'll take you on a journey to the only working hospital near the epicenter where the agonizing search for survivors leads to both disappointments and joyous relief on the front lines of an historic tragedy a special edition of "nightline," "inside japan" starts right now. >>> good evening from an absolutely miserable northeast japan. this is sendai. who knows where this house started before the quake, but there it is jammed against the gas station even more grim when you look in the back window and see the baby crib but as bad as all of this is, it's just the tip of the pending looming disaster unfolding right now. already four different nuclear reactors have exploded, caught fire in this country and evacuations have intensified within recent hours. in fact, about 50 miles south of here was t
ABC
Mar 14, 2011 11:00pm PDT
nuclear reactor in growing jeopardy. tale from the disaster zone. pay area resident in japan when the quake hit back home tell their resident in japan when the quake hit baso you closedtheir your savings account and buried all your money. yeah, my savings weren't growing, too many traps and fees, it's better off in a hole in the ground. where's the hole ? i got a map. where's the map ? it's tattooed on my back. nobody knows about it-- just me and the guy who did the tattoo. touch the ball, son. put your savings where they'll grow. get an orange savings account. no fees. no minimums. no tattoos. i should go get the shovel. at >> approximately depending on what happens at the power plant, we would like to ask you to remain indoors at home or in your offices. >> new warnings from the japanese prime minister tonight after a fire erupts at the nuclear power plant. good evening. that fir has been extinguished but it caused radiation to leak from the crippled reactor. authorities say the levels are harmful to human health. they also say there is a high risk of further leak acknowledge. d
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Mar 14, 2011 7:00am PDT
a third meltdown at japan's nuclear facilities. american troops offshore exposed to radiation, as officials struggle to contain the catastrophe. >>> moment of impact. new images of the tsunami, rushing ashore. breaking through seawalls. rushing past airport terminals. washing away entire villages. >>> and look at what the waves picked up and left behind. a ferry on a house. a bus on a rooftop. a toilet dangling from power lines. and the man who floated away with his house, clinging for life. rescued ten miles from shore. >> this morning we're live in japan, with diane sawyer, christiane amanpour and david muir. and we ask the question, is this only the beginning of the devastation? >>> and good morning, america. joining us is "world news" anchor, diane sawyer, is who is there in sendai, japan, where the scope of the destruction is staggering. powerful aftershocks still rocking that region. >> japan and the world trying to deal with two overlapping crises, the humanitarian disaster and effort to control the nuclear emergency. as we said there was a third meltdown overnight. 11 inju
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Mar 16, 2011 5:00pm PDT
insist the reactor is stable. as the nuclear crisis plays out, the search continues along coastal japan for survivors of the 9.0 quake and monster tsunami. volunteer fire fighter has been working day and night. he returned home for the first time since the disaster. >> my wife, my son's family and my grandchildren. i lost them all. >> there may be damage to all three vessels at the plant. and the uranium may be melting down. u.s. orders all americans living within 50 miles to evacuate. four times larger than the area officials deemed safe. >> it's not about the quality of information but standards set by the nuclear regulatory commission here in the united states. and the kind of advice it could be giving should this happen in the united states. >> the last resort to manage this crisis would to be bury the reactor and 5,000 tons of concrete like was done at the chernyobl melt down. >> financial markets plunging over the crisis, stocks erased nearly all gains for the year. the dow fell about 2% of the value today. worst drop since last august. the nasdaq and s and p are also down. market
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Mar 12, 2011 7:00am PST
. >>> and there are fear this morning of a possible nuclear meltdown in japan. this is video of a massive explosion of a nuclear power plant just hours ago. and japanese media now reporting that it blew the roof of the building that houses the reactor. but the government spokesman said the metal container that shelters the reactor are not affected and radiation levels around the plant are actually dropping which if true would be hopeful news. >> yes, if true. we should stress that. despite the fact the government officials are trying to reduce the fear level. they've expanded the evacuation zone around the plant from 6 miles to 12 miles. check out this picture, gas masks, an indication just how serious things are near the reactor site. those who cannot leave are told to stay inside and to cover all of the openings to their homes with wet towels and not drink the tap water. this is the plane we're talking about. the plane was damaged in the earth quake that hit japan. the quake and tsunami left behind a truly, truly wasteland of broken roads, washed out homes and cars. the japanese
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Mar 14, 2011 6:00am PDT
japan this morning, an official at a troubled nuclear reactor has been fully exposed raising new risks of a meltdown. 11 workers were injured there. the other two reactors at the plant are already facing a meltdown and authorities are racing to cool them with seawater. hours after the blast the u.s. 7th fleet said it was moving its ship and aircraft away from the area after discovering low-level radioactive contamination. there are 2800 people confirmed dead after another 1,000 bodies washed up along the coastline. the final death toll could top 10,000. rescue crews are continuing to look for survivors. here's greg black with the latest. >> plumes of thick white smoke over the nuclear power plant monday. the blast is the second at that facility since saturday. radiation levels outside the plants remain elevated. the japanese government says the radiation released in the blast does not pose immediate safety or health risks. >> people there aren't so sure. >> just want to know what's going on. i'm scared. >> the threat of a meltdown is still very real, despite ongoing efforts to cool the
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Mar 12, 2011 6:00am PST
and a young child pulled alive from the rubble. the 8.9 magnitude monster quake struck japan friday afternoon. millions of survivors are without power, many homeless. highways and suburban streets had literally been split open. it all started early friday morning 15 miles below the ocean surface. the earth's plates shifted one opening up over the other. that led to a 23 foot tsunami. boats and shipping containers tossed around like toys, whole buildings collapsed. this oil refinery exploded and power was cut to the nuclear power plant. experts believe the quake knocked out the power to the primary and backup water pump that cools the plant's uranium core. if there's no water, there's no cooling and that could trigger a release of radioactive steam into the environment. or if the level drops enough the core is exposed and that could cause a meltdown. >> travelers trying to get to japan waited anxiously at san francisco international airport. japan airlines brought an empty plane to san francisco to pick up hundreds of passengers bound for tokyo's airport. one left with almost 300 peo
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Mar 18, 2011 11:00am PDT
. >>> now the latest in japan. operators of the center of a nuclear crisis are acknowledging for the first time today the last resort be to bury the crippled power plant to prevent a catastrophic radiation release. meantime, today, a u.n. diplomat in vienna that the timing the radiation will hit southern california and there is no radiation risks that poses health to people. they raised it on four to five on seven level scale. that means the disaster is on par with a partial meltdown of three-mile island in pennsylvania. meanwhile, japanese prime minister is calling on the nation to unite in rebuilding the country from scratch. it was a week ago that the quake and tsunami hit killing thousands. now a report from osaka. >> this morning, firefighters are spraying water on the damaged reactors at the fukushima daiichi and all volunteers on a mission that could end their lives. the crews are spraying tons of water on all reactors but paying particular attention to reactor number three. on thursday, new video revealed the devastation there. >> this is an amazing video. first of all you se
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Mar 15, 2011 2:05am PDT
, waves of terror washed upon japan's shores. wiping out towns, roads, everything in its way. >> the sheer scope of the disaster caused delays in rescue efforts in many cities, including kesennuma. the bbc rupert winfield hayes was there when rescue teams arrived three days after the quake. >> reporter: in kesennuma, reality has been turned on its head. a large ship sits on a dock side. a fishing boat on top of a car. a car on top of a fence. and a house in the middle of the street. this was kesennuma on friday as the massive tsunami swept in, tossing boats aside like children's toys, uprooting houses and turning the city streets into torrents of angry blackwater. much of kesennuma is still under water and walled in by mountains of debris. every street we tried to get down is jammed with piles of cars. even the rescuers are struggling to find a way in. when they do, mostly what they're finding are bodies. this one, a man found trapped underneath a car. nearby, i find this man. his house has been completely destroyed. you can see the tide mark at the top of the first floor. here? but
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Mar 11, 2011 5:00am PST
>>> a magnitude 8.9 earthquake delivers a one-two punch to japan. first the tremendous shaking that a huge tsunami -- you see the effect, the impact right there. cars being washed away. now, the tsunami is just minutes away from hitting hawaii as well. there are now voluntary evacuations along the san mateo county coast because the west coast of the u.s. is also under a tsunami warning. i'm eric thomas. >> i'm kristen sze. well, that's our news. in just a few minutes, a tsunami is set to hit hawaii triggered by that deadly massive 8.9 massive earthquake in japan. jenelle joins us with the very latest. >> kristen, this is the largest earthquake ever recorded in japan's history and one of the largest earthquakes in the history of the world. 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit friday afternoon local time. we want to show you some video because this is the aftermath, this giant tsunami just sweeping over parts of japan wiping out entire towns, cars, rice patties. taking out roads. it's just devastating. the most devastation is hitting in the northern part of japan. that's where the epicenter h
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Mar 17, 2011 4:30am PDT
terrifying words by u.s. and european officials to describe the nuclear crisis in japan. military helicopters have been dumping loads of sea water to try to cool the fuel to prevent a nuclear meltdown. they predict low level radiation will lead to detectable in los angeles by tomorrow. they are sending chartered planes to japan for officials who want to leave. they are advising people to stay away 50 miles from the crippled power plant. now more on the nuclear crisis and the continuing search for survivors. >> rescuers in japan to search through debris pull bodies from the rubble makeshift morgues have been set up but with more than 4300 ten more than 10,000 still ambiguous. relief workers are overwhelmed. they waited patiently for food waters and gases with information difficult to come by frustration is growing. this woman says she is concerned radiation can't be seen. how do we know if it's in the air. maybe our food may be contaminated. this may be the world's worst nuclear disasters. >> units two and three containment cracked. unit four has a raging fire that is not contained
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Mar 15, 2011 7:00am PDT
>>> good morning, america. breaking news overnight, a third explosion and a fire at japan's nuclear facility. all four reactors, now critically compromised, as japan stands on the brink of a nuclear catastrophe. hundreds of thousands ordered indoors, as radiation levels spike. contaminated citizens isolated from their families. as tokyo braces for the fallout, could america's west coast be at risk? >>> and new images of the tsunami's force and fury. residents, percent perched atop trucks. clinging to survive. in its wake, entire destruction. a sign of hope, though. 9,700 feared dead, now found alive. diane sawyer is on the ground, leading our team, as japan continues to face an unprecedented disaster. >>> and good morning. we want to get right to the latest on that nuclear crisis that took an ominous turn over night. >> even worse than we thought. >> much worse. another explosion and a fire at those reactors. japan's prime minister pleaded for calm. but warned of more radiation leakage. and other officials, both here and in japan, describe a state of panic and catastrophe inside tho
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Mar 17, 2011 7:00am PDT
and this morning, breaking news. are we watching a suicide mission in japan? helicopter pilots in harm's way, dumping sea water. and a frantic scramble to stop a nuclear meltdown. >>> we take you inside the radiation zone, where cameras capture the panic. the mile-long line for groceries. the rush for drinkable water. and the expanding exodus that now reaches streets and airports of tokyo. the u.s. tells americans to evacuate the danger zone and sends in planes to get them out of japan. >>> and two exclusive interviews. tiger and trump. we go airborne with donald trump, who is sounding more like a candidate for president. >> part of the beauty of me is that i'm very rich. if i need $600 million, i can put up $600 million myself. >> and tiger tees off about his frustrations on the golf course. and the challenge of living life as a single dad. >>> and good morning, america, on this st. patrick's day. the latest developments this morning. steam still rising from three of those nuclear reactors. one of those, worse, in fact. it shows the plant at a very critical point. and japanese of
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Mar 12, 2011 5:00am PST
. thanks for joining us. the latest from japan after the earthquake and tsunami. an explosion rocked a nuclear power plant today after authorities warned of a possible reactor core meltdown. this shows the massive blast that tore down the walls of the building but a japanese government spokesman says the metal container sheltering the reactor was not affected. the pressure is decreasing but four workers are dead and there's still major concerns about the reactor leaking large amounts of radiation. the evacuation has been ordered 12 miles around the plan. the death toll is 574 and rising. nearly 600 people are missing with at least 1100 injured. rob nelson begins our coverage. >> as rescuers search frantically and fires burn out of control, explosions rock a nuclear power plant facing a possible meltdown. the crumbled remains of one building and puffs of smoke spewing out of the plant. >> this is not good news. if the containment structure has indeed collapsed, that would mean a complete exposure of the core to the outside air, loss of the coolant and a meltdown. an elderly woman and
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Mar 13, 2011 8:00am PDT
this >>> this week, disaster in the pacific. as my team and i cross japan to find almost a biblical scene of destruction. fears of a nuclear meltdown. after the powerful earthquake. the devastating wall of water. a race is on to stop a dangerous radiation leak. and rescue tens of thousands. >> announcer: from abc news, a special "this week" with christiane amanpour, disaster in the pacific, live from tokyo, starts now. >> hello, again, and we are here live broadcasting from tokyo, where the government is scrambling to deal with this massive crisis. an earthquake, a tsunami, and a nuclear disaster. the prime minister said on television that this is an unprecedented crisis, the worst challenge this country has had to deal with since world war ii. we're here near the narita airport. the staging ground for u.s. and other international help rushing in. the government is concerned about a second meltdown at a second reaction, and a possible explosion there. it's playing down the idea of leakage of nuclear radiation. and we're going to talk about that. we're going the talk about what we sa
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Mar 11, 2011 5:30pm PST
from japan as people scramble to find safety anywhere, any way they can. >>> then, the tsunami. roaring as fast as a jumbo jet, crushing everything in sight. and traveling the ocean, all the way to california, tossing boats against the walls. >>> add to that, the nuclear fear. inside a nuclear power plant, with the volcanic heat from the reactor rising. >>> and, survivors. people who made it through the worst, to a reunion in the arms of those they love. >>> and now, we start our special coverage of disaster in the pacific. >>> good evening. today, 126 million people watched their world crumbling around them. the earthquake, 8.9, one of the biggest ever. then, 35 minutes later, the tsunami, racing at the speed of a jumbo jet. here's what it looked like on the ground. you can see it as it pulverizes houses, then it goes on to engulf an airport. you can see that's a jetway barely above water. those are cars riding the rapids. apocalyptic scenes broadcast live around the world today. in some cities, the water reaching three miles inland. and, a nuclear power plant, suddenly finding itself
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Mar 16, 2011 5:30pm PDT
of control, spiraling nuclear crisis in japan. one question. could a kind of suicide mission by japanese workers stop it? or is it too late? and could this happen to the same kind of reactors right here in america? >>> good evening. this is what an american official told us today. it would be hard to describe how alarming the situation is inside japan's nuclear power plant. teetering on the brink of a multi-reactor meltdown. that last ditch hope, the workers heading in on what he called a suicide mission. and even that may be too late. as family members of some of the workers have begun to weigh in, one of them writing tonight, "my father has accepted his fate, much like a death sentence." and, the japanese people are lining up today to be tested or to leave, but we want to talk, as well, about what this means for the united states. we're going to tell you about worst case scenarios, what it might really deliver to hawaii, to california, the rest of this country, all of that ahead. but martha raddatz leads us off, she spent the day with experts asking about the reality of what i
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Mar 14, 2011 6:00pm PDT
his family's health because of the rising stress of a nuclear melt down in japan. >> and she's pregnant and baby shouldn't be around radiation. hopefully things will clear up they'll stay in the u.s. indefinitery. and those arriving has given us a glimpse. >> it took five and a half hours to get back into downtown tokyo. hundreds of people waiting for buses that rarely came. convenience store shelves were bare of food. it was near panic. >> getting a taxi sim possible. train and bus services far from running on a normal schedule. >> i worked -- walked three hours from downtown to my apartment. >> getting on a plane is relatively easy if you can get to the airport. >> we're on the road today, and it's a ghost town. the highway, we're worried, and left two days early to get to the airport. got there two days earlyly. no one could get to the airport. >> at sfo there were a group of people returning to japan following a trip to south america, for days they couldn't reach family members on the phone. >> we're in peru and i tried chris says he never expected yappan, especially tokyo
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Mar 12, 2011 5:00pm PST
continuing to rock japan, even as rescue teams search for thousands of missing people. and now the race to contain a potential nuclear disaster at a damaged power plant. an explosion shattered part of the complex today. now a second reactor has failed and some people are testing positive for raid yaismghts -- radiation. there are disturbing new signs. the officials have doubled the evacuation area at 12 miles, 170,000 residents, and now they're handing out iodine as a radiation antidote, and a military team has moved in. john austin has the latest on this developing situation. john? >> reporter: in the past few hours another emergency is reported at the same nuclear power plant where there was a large explosion earlier in the day. this type japanese authorities say a cooling system has malfunctioned in a second reactor. the government says there's a possibility that at least nine people have now been exposed to radiation. >> this was today's explosion at the fukushima nuclear plant now leading to fears of a possible meltdown and raid radiation release. it blew off the roof and wall
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Mar 18, 2011 2:05am PDT
. well, this week the internet was a life line to people in the middle of japan's multiple disasters, but also to people everywhere who were just trying to understand it all. >> it's the first place you turn for any kind of information. of course, yahoo! web life editor heather cabot joins us now with more on those searches and other trends this week. good morning, heather. >> reporter: good morning. the crisis in japan continues to dominate searches on yahoo! it's been more than a week since the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami wreaked havoc on the island nation. the rescue and recovery efforts coupled with the threat of nuclear disaster sent people online to find real-time photos, videos and, of course, the latest news. yahoo! users wanted to know more about the threat of radiation exposure and how it's treated. after multiple explosions rocked the fukushima power plant, searches for preventive measures including potassium iodide tablets spiked 150% this week. people wanted to understand how far radiation can travel, which other countries could be affected and they also looked back at th
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Mar 15, 2011 11:00pm PDT
. >>> they are are trying to stop a meltdown in japan, but made things too dangerous for the people working there to stop a looming catastrophe. good evening. the happenedful of workers who were trying to cool down the fuca she ma dyey chee plant were pulled out. it is just too unsafe. that as officials reveal there is damage to two nuclear reactors at the plant. both the number three and the number four reactors at the facility are in trouble. alan wang is here with the latest on this. alan? >> an american nuclear expert said the decision to pull, workers from the plant uh massed to throwing in the towel. he is an activist with the group called the union of concerned scientists and he thinks the decision has done all they can. >> the radiation levels are getting so high that the workers can't stay there. >> they can't and they are not. the 50 brave workers who were the last line of defense at the nuclear power plant have now been sent home. they had been willing to stay to try to cool down the reactors, but tonight the plant operators decided the job was too dangerous. operators ar
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Mar 16, 2011 11:35pm PDT
disaster in japan. with radioactive fuel burning through reactor walls, is it too late to head off a meltdown that could be deadly for decades? >>> plus, suicide mission? dozens of heroic workers go back into the japanese nuclear plant and fight the toxic flames to protect their countrymen. in a mission they know will likely fail. >>> and, desperate hours. thousands stranded inside the evacuation zone without fuel, unable to leave. thousands more in a frantic exodus. the story of one american family's incredible journey. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran and cynthia mcfadden in new york city and bill weir in japan, this is "nightline," march 16th, 2011. >> good evening, i'm cynthia mcfadden. tonight, a special broadcast on what today became an acute nuclear emergency in japan. with three reactors melting down, a fuel fire in a fourth and spent fuel rods exposed to the air. one official told abc news, quote, it would be hard to describe how alarming this is right now. and, as a small group of remaining workers battle to cool the molten rods at the r
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